Urology researchers honored at AUA meeting
At the AUA meeting, Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D., professor and chairman of the department of urology and holder of the Health Science Centerís Henry B. and Edna Smith Dielmann Memorial Chair, presented results of a clinical trial of adjuvant radiotherapy for prostate cancer. The study, begun 17 years ago, is now complete and shows that radiation therapy given to high-risk men after surgery reduces risk of cancer recurrence by 50 percent.
Javier Hernandez, M.D., of the department of urology, presented the results of the first study to recognize the association of body mass index and PSA levels, a study that shows that among obese men, lower PSA levels may mask cancer detection. He also discussed the results of a study of a genetic marker that is associated with increased risk of prostate cancer among African-American men.
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